Rafael Nadal sees a ‘serious problem’ with tennis season resuming in 2020

Rafael Nadal is pessimistic that the tennis season will resume in 2020 but he is worried about a serious problem because of the amount of workers that are required to host a major event.

No tennis has been played on either the ATP or WTA tours since the Indian Wells Masters was cancelled on the eve of the event.

Players had already touched down in American ahead of the first leg of the ‘Sunshine Double’ when they were told to go home.

The coronavirus had made its way around the world and all other competitions have been cancelled – besides the French Open, which has been postponed.

Stars are expected to descend on Roland Garros after the US Open after tournament organisers changed their dates.

As things stand the next competition schedule in the diary is in August but Nadal fears about the complications of traveling abroad.

“From my point of view, I’m very pessimistic that the circuit can resume normal activity,” Nadal said in an online chat organised by the Spanish Tennis Federation.

“In tennis, you need to travel every week, stay in hotels, go to different countries.

“Even if we play without an audience, to organise any event, you need a lot of people involved, which cannot be ignored. At an international level, I see a serious problem.

“We have already said many times we are in a very difficult moment, for everyone.

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“Step by step, it looks like things are slightly less bad, but we’ve been through one and a half very tough months, lots of irreparable losses and other losses that are less important but without doubt will cause suffering in society in the following months.

“I hope it will be months not years, because it’s also an economic issue, as well.

“Lots of people are going to lose their jobs. These are sad moments when you see so many people dying.”

Nadal has not played tennis since being out on the practice courts in Indian Wells.

The 19-time Grand Slam winner does not have a court at his home so he will need a couple of weeks to get up to speed.

He added: “It will be a very tough job to regain fitness, and you will need lots of discipline and lots of suffering.

“The sooner we can resume activity, the better. From the point of view about going back to competitions, I’m pessimistic.

“But there are many other things more important than tennis.”

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